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Event listings for Thursday, March 29

Performing arts

SAXTONS RIVER Jesus Christ Superstar: This production features a cast of 50 who work against a dramatic but pared down backdrop that suggests the power of the authorities, the rugged terrain and the horror of the coming crucifixion. Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Jesus is played alternately by Sean Roberts and William Sawyer, with Louis Vitale and Andrew Flaherty sharing the role of Judas. Gavy Kessler plays a larger-than-life Pontius Pilate as he struts around on dry waller's stilts in his black and silver outfit. Herod is brought to life in all his malevolence by Henry O'Connell dressed in a dandy's feather-decorated outfit, while Mary Magdalene is played dually by Allie McGahie and Hannah Hoffman. Directed by David Stern, with Ken Olsson as musical director and Annesa Hartman as choreographer. 3/29 and 3/30: 7:30 p.m., 3/31: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, April 07. $10 to $40. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Conversations with the Artist: David Parker, Photographer: 7 p.m. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

PUTNEY Documentary Film Series [Framed]: "The Hanji Box": This film is about Hannah, an American mother emerging heartbroken from a divorce, and Rose, her adopted Korean daughter. When the mysterious Hanji Box-Rose’s precious link to Korea is broken, Hannah travels to New York’s Koreatown to try to mend it. By chance she meets a charismatic Korean artist, who takes her on a journey of cultural discovery. Nuanced performances by the actors Suzanne Dudley Schon, Natalie Kim and Daniel Park illuminate the complexities of adoption, issues of longing and belonging, loss, mothering, identity and US Korean history. Filmmaker Nora Jacobson will introduce the film and host a post-film discussion. A new short film, The R Word, will also be shown. 7:30 p.m. $10, $12 at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Union High School: "The Mass Reimagined" : The concert opens with Norman Luboff's "African Mass" sung by the Madrigals. This work uses traditional Latin text in conjunction with South African infused harmonies and grooves and will be accompanied by Steve Rice on timpani. The BUHS Chorus performs "A World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" composed in 2008 by Carol Barnett with added text by Marisha Chamberlain. The chorus is accompanied by Flynn Cohen, guitar; Becky Tracy, fiddle; Riley Goodemote, mandolin; and Jackson Levengood, bass. Elyse Wadsworth directs the ensembles. 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Free. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd.


BRATTLEBORO Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax preparation to eligible households that earn up to $54,000 per year and who live or work in Windham County. . Through Thursday, April 12. Free. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in VT for appointment ..

Arts and crafts

BELLOWS FALLS "The Creative Spirit": Film & Local Artists Discussion: Celebrate the artistic endeavors of seven women in Windham County--Jeanne Bennett (Westminster West) silver jewelry; Nancy Calicchio (Westminster West) landscape painting; Kim Grall (Westminster Station) gourds; Colleen Grout (Westminster) encaustics; Dena Gartenstein Moses (Putney) weaving; Fiona Morehouse (Putney) pottery; Rachael Shaw (Westminster West) fiber artisan--through a film screening of "The Creative Spirit" followed by a discussion with Shaw, Moses, Grout, and Grall on why and how they do what they do. 6 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593,

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